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House of Frankenstein

Wax Museum

The House of Frankenstein is a hallmark of the disappearing roadside novelty wax museum in America. Constructed in 1974, over the Colonist gallow grounds of the earlier town of Caldwell, the museum has since catered to family tourism in the Adirondack resort town of Lake George, New York. 


The museum presents a series of darkened dioramas, in which their vast collection of wax figures are animated through simple and effective illusions, involving sound, hydraulics and lighting--often activated by the viewer. Themes weave from historical European fiction to true crime, never touching on the town’s own dark history.

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